Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to be Released as a Book!

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Jeffan Caliarthan, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. Seaghan Hama

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    I read, and enjoyed the Potter books, but I am not a fanatic like some; my wife on the other hand LOVES the books, and the movies. I've been surprised that she hasn't really shown much excitement for this. I think she is more interested in the film that is coming out in the Fall.
     
  2. Natalya Laragan

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    Read the book and there are some serious feels there. I wonder if there should be a separate thread for the book discussion, though, to keep the possible spoilers there...
     
  3. Avery d'Itkarya

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    I'd look into a separate thread.. I just read it and also have all the feels... and came in here specifically looking for something :lol
     
  4. Ealandrelle Melyma

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    I'm glad the book is finally out :lol I was very lucky and saw the play in London last month, but have been #keepingthesecrets since then, waiting for the script release to be able to talk about it :rofl (Well, apart from with the 5 people with whom I went to see the play :D)
     
  5. Aduiavas Ida

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    Eala, I am so jealous! I want to go see it too!
     
  6. Dieda Eriu

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    I'm reading it right now... I'm not sure what to think. Will come back when I'm done.
     
  7. Kallarn Lo'Vosh

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    Also reading it now, interesting, so far seems a very negative story so far though.
     
  8. Dieda Eriu

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    So, what's the verdict. Shall we start a new spoilery thread or shall we discuss here, in spoiler tags?

    I finished :)
     
  9. Kallarn Lo'Vosh

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    Here in spoilers.

    My opinion, it was an ok side story but nothing really special about it. Nice that we see a snapshot of life in the future for them, a chance most book series don't offer without full sequels. It relied too much on the old story to carry it, I imagine as a play this is fine but as a book the story seems a little weak and repetitive but since its just a script then we have to take it as what it is.
     
  10. Ealandrelle Melyma

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    Big spoilers ahead for some major plot points. Do not read if you've not seen or read the play! You have been warned!

    I will admit to feeling a little "Star Trekky" at times with the repeated time travel.... However then it just worked. I like that they picked Diggory's death as a focus point, as I felt that particular event wasn't really explored fully in the books (too much else going ok, for all therre was the stuff with Cho etc). I don't know if the sheer weight of feeling just doesn't translate into the script on a page. But I didn't even feel the time pass watching the play. And it was over 5 hours. After each part, my friends and I were literally speechless for a good 10 minutes or so, while we processed. The acting, choreography and magic of the production more than made up for the slight feeling of "time travel? Really?"

    I mean, Scorpius when he realises that they've accidentally erased Albus... Seeing Snape alive, then watching him be a hero, again. Seeing Harry struggle so hard with facing the demons of his past (and there are lots!). It was all totally gripping. I've not read the script (I want to keep my memories for now) but I can imagine that so much of the *feeling* is lost when you can't see the expressions and movements of the actors.
     
  11. Aduiavas Ida

    Aduiavas Ida Aes Sedai Mistress of Revels - Europe Forum Moderator

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    I may have just read this entire book in one sitting :look

    And I don't now what to think :look I mean it was exiting and fun to see all the persons, and see how many of them turned out. And see that not everything is peace and happiness :look Ron was downplayed I think. The bickering between Harry and Draco was fun.
    Time-travel plots are always dangerous, but this was done fairly well. Just a few points. One, wasn't there supposed to be another Headmaster than McGonnagal? And it bothered me that the scenes from the original books where not shown the way they were. Like Bagmans commentary. Yes, some of that we did not get to see, but there were inconsistencies... Before they changed things I mean...
    Also, I noted that Harry wanted Albus to keep away from Scorpius in the first altered reality, right? But then he apologized for that in the "proper" reality? There was something fuzzy there, and it will require a reread... After I finish my yearly reread of the original series :look
     
  12. Elyss Koh'inor

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    Impressions

    I enjoyed it. I feel that JK made the right decision doing this as a screenplay, though arguably some of the emotion is inevitably lost in translation. I didn't love her portrayal of Ron, he seemed more of the comic relief/bumbler than he was in the original books. I did enjoy the parallels between Draco and Scorpius' relationship with Harry and Albus. The time travel was definitely risky, but it played out well. I agree, Eala Sedai, that Cedric's death was a good piece of the original series to rehash. The ending was good. Not everything was resolved, but they were heading in that direction, which gave closure without feeling cheap.

    There were some moments of pure emotional trauma for me though. Mostly when Albus asks "Still friends" and Scorpios replies "Always." *reader dies from the feels*

    I almost feel as if I need to reread it. The structure of the screenplay lent itself to a very fast read. I feel like I've just watched a complicated movie and I need to watch it at least one more time to catch all of the details.
     
  13. Aduiavas Ida

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    A reread is definitely in order!
    After I finish the reread of the original series ;)